DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 24 PAGES DEUTSCHE TRUST, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK NEW YORK Agusta, Maxis, Essar: probed at home, Indian firms on US radar as well SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 FROM PUBLIC sector giants Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and State Trading Corporationtoprivate majors Bharti Airtel and Essar, several entities, because they are under scrutiny by Indian investigative agencies, have been red-flagged in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by banks with the US Financial Crimes EnforcementNetwork(FinCEN), records investigated by The Indian Express show. ■ Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL): As many as 607 transactions ($14.9 million) in 2014of HALwerered-flaggedby Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (DBTCA) —38 of these ($4.07 million) with US-based Honeywell International and 13 ($2.1 million) with Israel-based Elbit Systems, both in the aviation and defence sectors. The SAR alleged that although details indicated payments for “agency commission,”“training”,“tender”, and “customer supportprogram’”,no “information regarding the commercial purpose...was found”. Another reason wasthatHALwas“beinginvestigatedonallegedbriberyduringajetengine contract with Rolls Royce”. After registeringaPreliminaryEnquiry in 2014, the CBI filed an FIR last yearwhileanothercasehasbeen registered by the ED. Both the cases are under investigation. ANEXPRESS INVESTIGATION PARTFIVE CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 CAG: Centre broke the law, used funds for GST compensation elsewhere NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 CITING THE opinion of the Attorney General of India, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Parliament last weekthattherewasnoprovision in the law to compensate states forlossof GSTrevenueoutof the ConsolidatedFundof India(CFI). However, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has found that the government itself violated the law by retaining Rs 47,272 crore of GST compensation cess in the CFI during2017-18and2018-19,and used the money for other purposes, which “led to overstatement of revenue receipts and DEAN JONES 1961-2020 Hero of tied Test dies in Mumbai: ‘Show won’t be same’ SRIRAM VEERA MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 24 HOURSAFTERformerAustralian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones died of a cardiac arrestinaMumbaihotelThursday, Kiran More was in a state of shock.“Wehadmetforbreakfast and I later saw him running in the hotel hallway, something he always did in the bio-secure environment.Ieventhrewapillow at him in jest. He was then going up to his room as he had called a persontofixhislaptop...thatperson later told me that Jones had suddenly fallen on the floor,” the former India player said. Jones was 59, a swashbucklingbatsmanwhohadplayed52 Tests and 164 ODIs before he became a popular commentator and a coach. For the past few weeks, he had been based in Mumbai and commentating on the IPL for Star Sports. Brett Lee, former Australian bowler and fellow commentator, was reportedly by his side andtriedCPRbutcouldn’trevive him. Jones was rushed to the H N Reliance Hospital and was declared dead. Just a few days earlier, Lee had coaxed Jones into giving a demonstration of running between the wickets in the IPL show Dugout, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D HARIKISHAN SHARMA ● Tussle over GST THE CAG’S revelation assumes significance in the context of the ongoing tussle between the Centre and states over the pending GST compensation understatement of fiscal deficit for the year”. “Audit examination of informationinStatements8, 9and13 with regard to collection of the cess and its transfer to the GST CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM FIRST TIME SINCE BEGINNING OF PANDEMIC Hope in numbers: active cases declining, R-value now below 1 Worst-affected states reflect national trend; less testing could be a reason AMITABH SINHA PUNE, SEPTEMBER 24 AS INDIA’S coronavirus numbers continue to grow, some promising signals over the last few days offer a glimmer of hope, even if temporarily. Wednesdaywasthesixthconsecutivedaywhenthenumberof people recovering from the dis- State TWIN POSITIVES ActiveCasesHigh Active Current CasesNow R-value Maharashtra 3,01,752(Sept17) 2,73,497 0.86* AndhraPradesh 1,00,166(Sept9) 70,357 0.80 TamilNadu 52,380(Sept2) 46,249 0.99 Karnataka 1,03,631(Sept17) 94,652 0.91 UttarPradesh 68,235(Sept17) 61,698 0.91 INDIA 10,17,754(Sept17) 9,66,382 0.93 *(Sept 19-22) ease, as reported in government data, exceeded the detection of new infections. Never before has thishappenedformorethanaday —andthoseoccasionsweremore in the nature of anomalies in the reporting of data, rather than the representation of a trend. The result has been that the number of active cases has startedtoshowadecliningtrend for the first time. Active cases have come down from a high of 10.17 lakh on September 17, to 9.66 lakh now. For the spread of anepidemic,onlytheactivecases matter,becausetheyaretheones whotransmitthediseasetoothers.Also,onlyactivecasesrequire medicalattention,soareduction in active cases reduces the burden on the health apparatus. In an epidemic such as this, a clear trend of recoveries exceeding new infections is keenly awaited, because it can be read as signalling a slowing spread. These are still very early days — the trend has to hold for several weeks to convey something more meaningful — but the fact that it has begun brings hope. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To buck new farm law, Punjab wants full state declared a mandi yard KANCHAN VASDEV CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 24 WITH THE Opposition SAD raising the stakes with the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Union Cabinet over the Centre'sFarmBillsamidprotests by farmers, Congress-ruled Punjabis“seriouslycontemplating” a move to amend its APMC Act and declare the entire state as a Principal Mandi Yard, The Indian Express has learnt. Sourcessaidthegovernment, which is under “tremendous politicalpressure”,believesthatdoingsowillcircumventprovisions inTheFarmersProduceTradeand Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation)Bill,2020,whichwas passed in Parliament. Thedeclarationofmandiyards ensures that any procurement CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT WHATIS THEBASIS OFMSP? PAGE 11 3 days after he talked of threat to NEGI MURDER CHARGESHEET to Control Room Frantic SOS calls life, advocate shot dead in Srinagar show gaps in Delhi Police response EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 24 BabarQadri saidhewas pro-Kashmir, butnot anti-India UNIDENTIFIED GUNMEN shot dead prominent advocate Babar Qadri, who had taken up many cases concerning human rights and juvenile justice in Kashmir, inSrinagaronThursdayevening. The attack came three days after Qadri had tweeted about a possible threat to his life. Qadri was shot at close range outsidehisresidenceinHawal,in downtownSrinagarbyassailants who managed to escape. He was rushed to hospital but declared dead on arrival. SP, Hazratbal, Sudhanshu Verma said, “This occurred around 6 pm. Weare conducting an investigation.” SourcesintheJ&KPolicesaid, “He was shot as he was stepping out of his house. He tried to run inside and was shot again.” Qadri often appeared on TV debates and wrote in the opin- WORLD GOVT& POLITICS UNSC: CHINA POINTS TO DIVIDE, CALLS FOR ‘PACKAGE’ REMEDY SAARC: JAISHANKAR TARGETS PAK OVER TERROR, TRADE HURDLES PAGE 5 PAGE 14 ion pages of local newspapers. He argued that Kashmir was a trilateraldispute,involvingIndia, Pakistan and Kashmir. He questioned separatists as well as mainstreampoliticalleadersand said he was “pro-Kashmir while not being anti-India”. He had also been vocal against the J&K High Court Bar Association, and floated a separate body. In a tweet on September 21, Qadri wrote, “I urge the state Police administration to register FIR against this Shah Nazir who hasspreadwrongcampaignthat I work for agencies. This un true CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Callers dialled several times over hrs; from both communities KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 ■ Many shops set on fire; only four policemen present ■ 150 people are injured; need police ■ There is firing; police is trying to save itself and escape ■ I fear my family will be killed by the rioters; need police help THESE ARE some of the frantic callsforhelpreceivedintheDelhi PoliceControlroomonFebruary THE EDITORIAL PAGE YOU DARE NOT SPEAK BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 12 24,2020,thefirstdayof theriots. Made by residents of North-East Delhi — from both communities —thesecallsarepartof thetechnicalevidenceinthechargesheet relatedtothemurderof 20-year- old waiter Dilbar Negi whose body was found mutilated and charred in Shiv Vihar. An analysis of the call records, collated as “Emergency Response Support Data” in the policechargesheet,revealsthree patterns: first, calls were made by members of both communities seeking police help; second, calls were made as early as 3.40 pm – and many residents had to make multiple calls, in some cases over six hours, one caller CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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